Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services

Our Mission

Denver Health Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services seek to improve access to equitable healthcare and health outcomes for RIN populations, regardless of immigration status.

At Denver Health Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services, we are dedicated to improving access to equitable healthcare and enhancing health outcomes for Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer populations, regardless of immigration status.

Our Services

Refugee Health Screening Program

We only accept referrals from resettlement agencies and CRSP to provide these exams for ORR-eligible individuals.

Accepting referrals from resettlement agencies and Colorado Refugee Services Program only to provide comprehensive health screenings for Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-eligible individuals.

  • Domestic Medical Examinations (DMEs)
    Denver Health is contracted with Colorado Refugee Services Program to provide one-time, patient-centered comprehensive medical and mental health evaluations, also called domestic medical examinations, within 30-90 days of arrival. We also offer connection to ongoing healthcare as part of the Office of Refugee Resettlement process. Denver Health has completed over 4,000 DMEs since 2014.
  • Pre-Screening (Triage and Class B)
    Pre-Screen appointments occur before refugee screening visits. Pre-screening appointments are required to ensure early identification and management of refugees, and other eligible statuses, infected with, or at risk for, communicable diseases of potential public health importance and for identification and referral of refugees for evaluation of health conditions that could adversely impact effective resettlement and quality of life of individuals and/or families, and is a grant deliverable.
  • Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Screening
    The URM program provides culturally and linguistically appropriate foster care and independent living placements for refugee-eligible unaccompanied minors in the United States. URM’s referred for DME receive a health screening within 10 days of arrival.
  • Connection to Care
    • Ongoing Primary and Specialty Care - After patients have completed their DME screening visits, they are given the opportunity to connect to a medical home for ongoing care.
    • Wrap-around Services - Screening visits are done within the Lowry Family Health Center which has many wrap-around services.
    • Volunteer - We currently do not have any volunteer opportunities.

Forensic Asylum Program

  • Forensic Medical and Mental Health Evaluations (FMEs)
    • Volunteer clinicians provide FMEs for asylum seekers. Findings from these evaluations provide objective documentation of physical and psychological injuries and trauma, which can be used to corroborate the asylum seeker’s narrative of persecution in their immigration case.
    • To refer a client for an FME, please complete a Forensic Evaluation Request Form
    • We only accept FME referrals from attorneys
  • Volunteer - If you are a licensed medical or mental health professional interested in volunteering, please complete the FME Volunteer Evaluator Interest Form
  • Humanitarian Release Letters - To request a humanitarian release letter for a client, please complete a Humanitarian Letter Request Form

Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services Navigation Program

Our navigation is unique nationally in its culturally and linguistically responsive approach, staff retention, sustainability and more than 10-year history. Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services Navigation, which remains grant-funded and project-based, serves our patients throughout Denver Health Ambulatory Care Services and currently includes three navigators and two project specialists, who collectively speak Amharic, Arabic, English, French, Karen, Kikongo, Lingala, Maay Maay, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili.

Cultural Consultation and Content Expertise

Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services Navigation’s multicultural, multilingual team also provide cultural consultation for research and patient care efforts at Denver Health and nationally.

Quality Improvement and Evaluation

Denver Health is a site for the Minnesota Center of Excellence in Newcomer Health with Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services contributing to national efforts to improve health care delivery for Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer populations, including multiple publications, abstract presentations, workshops, and webinars.

We have demonstrated improvement in refugee medical home connection and NENS developmental screening and referrals, COVID-19 vaccination, and cancer screening rates.

Education and Training

We provide Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services specific clinical rotations for residents and students.

Learners (medical students, residents, and community groups)

  • Hiring, training, and career promotion of a workforce that shares the life experience and culture of Denver Health’s Patients
  • Research, publications, workshops, presentations, news (how to keep this up to date)

Contact Us

To learn more, make a request, or for any other inquiries, please email us at RIN-HS@dhha.org

Donate

When you give a gift to Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Health Services, you empower our core mission to improve access to equitable healthcare and health outcomes for all Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer populations, regardless of immigration status.

Our services are solely funded by the generosity of donors and grants. Your gift to us is an investment in our communities and the collective wellness of our entire city.

Your generous donation supports our mission to improve access to equitable healthcare for all RIN populations. Our services are funded by donors and grants, making your gift an investment in the wellness of our entire community.

Thank you for your consideration!

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